Still having intestinal and stomach cramping 3 1/2 weeks after surgery

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Still having stomach issues after surgery. I am eating nothing fatty I am improving but the stomach is just is not there yet. I had Salom and mash potatoes and suatated spinach it was great but as soon as it it hot my stomach I had these cramping feeling it lasted about 30 to 45 mins then easied up a little then went away couple hrs after. Could I have IBS or something else going in there.

I am schuduled for endoscopy and colonoscopy in week and half to rule things out or fond something which ever. I'm a 43 year old male not over weight an have a athletic life still. I started walking on the treadmill with a couple 5 lbs weights the last 3 days 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins afternoon trying to get my strength back, because I can't do my job feeling like this. My job has me lifting and moving for 8 hrs, so inturince is a big part of my job.

As anyone else experienced these stomach issues and how long did it last ?

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    Hi Brian:

    You just had gallbladder surgery three weeks ago? Your doing to much right now. It takes 6 weeks before your totally healed . Its the inside that takes quite awhile to heal. You can't lift anything heavier then a coffee cup for 6 weeks. And the cramps are normal. It means you are doing to much right now and also the cramps are from your body and organs going back in place. When they did the surgery, if it was the larascopic , they used a special co2 to blow up your abdomin, so the surgeon can see and remove gallbladder. I still get the cramps a year later if I move the wrong way. And you should be able to eat what you like, except for watch the greasy and spicy foods. And stress does it too. Just take it easy for a couple more weeks. Take care

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    Hi Brian45682 your expecting to much to quick. from what I have read in here its weeks before you get to notice improvement and maybe longer, also maybe with meds for bile control.  Hang in there keep relaxed if you can for as much as you can.  Food is trial and error as always as we are all different?   I am terrible with food and disadvantaged because I eat very little anyway and I am a creature of habit.  I can eat the same food day in and day out for months and it does not bother me.  Read through the site you will see interesting reads and maybe suggestions.  Good luck
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    Yes I agree I know it takes time I guess I feel excerising will help the process along as well keep the anxiety and tension down. Been out of work for a month now if I had a desk job I could go back to work, but I don't and I like my job keeps me in shape and moving, so not sure how to get back if I don't start the process now of strength and indurince. This is not a job I can lay round for 6 weeks them just go back to work. I would be out of breath and hurting after a few hrs.

    I am taking it easy as much as possible.

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    I am now 2 months post surgery and I was also trying to push myself to get back to gym and it was hard.  Even now I am not at the point I was before with excercise but much better. Took about 6 weeks for me to become active. So slow down let yourself heal as others have mentioned you need to heal inside. As with food funny spinach I ate all the time was one of first food I went to and did not agree with me.  I do not eat as much as b4 and I do eat very well. Everything is now smaller portions and I feel about full . 

    Some foods may agree some not at this time just reintroduce them again.  

    Good luck this all just takes time . 

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      Hi Dilari, yes I have been reading some other people's post and I can see it is major surgery regardless if it is laparoscopic. I have days were I feel ok ear pretty good then others were I eat the same food and it starts with the pain. Hopefully it will get better soon. As I have said I'm going to scoped from both ends next week just to rule out things or find things which ever comes first. It will help me mentally knowing.

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    Hi Brian , I am still having stomach problems 8 months after surgery !

    I'm really struggling to eat, can only manage about 3 things and then often

    get very painful stomach cramps. You said you ate salmon which is very high

    in fat , maybe that which set it off . Potatoes are very acidic and I daren't

    Even look at spinach .... Try eating more bland foods for a while..

    Good luck .

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